H. M. Brock

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Henry Matthew Brock (11 July 1875 21 July 1960) [1] was a British illustrator and landscape painter of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.



Born in Cambridge in England, H. M. Brock was one of four sons of Edmund Brock (1841–1921), a specialist reader in oriental languages for the Cambridge University Press, and his wife Mary Ann Louise (1836–1901) (née Peagram). H. M. Brock was the younger brother of the better-known artist Charles Edmund Brock, with whom he shared a studio from 1894. H. M. Brock studied at the Cambridge School of Art. [2] Like his brother, he contributed to Punch magazine. While Charles Edward Brock painted in oils and was elected a member of the British Institution, H. M. Brock worked in advertising as well as in book illustration. For example, he illustrated Charles Dickens' Great Expectations , and produced four colour plates for a 1935 edition of A Christmas Carol . [3] In addition, Brock was one of seven artists who contributed illustrations to Arthur Conan Doyle's 1909 Sherlock Holmes story His Last Bow . [4] H.M. Brock provided illustrations for Susan Coolidge's "What Katy Did at Home and at School", published for The Royal Library for Boys and Girls circa 1918.[ citation needed ]

Most of Brock's illustrations were for classic Victorian and Edwardian fiction. He also did a great deal of work for the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company for whom he produced posters and other advertising materials. During his artistic career, H. M. Brock regularly exhibited his drawings and watercolours at the Royal Academy and the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. He became a full member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in 1907, [5] and joined the newly formed Society of Graphic Art in 1921.[ citation needed ]

From the 1930s on he worked in comics, drawing "The Mystery of Study 13" for Sparkler (1937), "Breed of the Brudenells" for Knockout (1949), and an adaptation of Lorna Doone for Princess (1960). [6]

On 7 September 1912 at Hampstead Brock married his cousin, Doris Joan Pegram, the daughter of the sculptor Henry Alfred Pegram, brother of the illustrator Fred Pegram. H. M. Brock died in the Evelyn Nursing Home in Cambridge in July 1960 aged 85. In his will he left £7961 13s 5d to his widow, Doris Joan Brock. [7]

The University of Reading has an H. M. Brock Collection, which is made up of some 2000 books in which Brock's work was published, many periodical volumes and parts, ephemera such as cigarette cards, and pictures, including over 70 original drawings. [8]

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  1. Simkin, John. "Henry Matthew Brock". Spartacus Educational. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  2. "Brock on the Books and Writers website". Archived from the original on 2009-12-19. Retrieved 2010-01-08.
  3. Various editions of A Christmas Carol on The Bookstall website Archived 2012-07-02 at the Wayback Machine
  4. H. M. Brock on Victorianweb
  5. H. M. Brock on the Cambridge Book & Print Gallery website
  6. Alan Clarke, Dictionary of British Comic Artists, Writers and Editors, The British Library, 1998, p. 28
  7. Record for Henry Mattew Brock England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858–1966 Ancestry.com website
  8. The H. M. Brock Collection at the University of Reading

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